AT Hall of Fame Banquet

NEWS RELEASE  May 28, 2014

GARDNERS, PA. – The fourth annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet will be held on Friday, June 6, at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.  The Banquet is conducted each year by the Appalachian Trail Museum.

The highlight of the Banquet will be the induction of the 2014 class of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame.  The 2014 class is A. Rufus Morgan of Franklin, North Carolina; Charles R. Rinaldi of Boca Raton, Florida; Clarence S. Stein of New York City, New York; and Pamela Underhill of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.  Each honoree will receive a one of a kind hand carved hiking stick made by John “Bodacious” Beaudet, a two time A.T. thru-hiker.  In addition, Randy “Windtalker” Motz, will will provide music during the reception, playing ‘Native SoundScapes’ on his Native American flute.  Also, Richard Judy will be present to sign his book ‘Thru: An Appalachian Trail Love Story’.”

Jim Foster, chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame selection committee, said a6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others.  Complete information on the Hall of Fame Banquet is available at  Tickets may be purchased either at that website, or directly from the Appalachian Trail Museum by sending a check to:
Appalachian Trail Museum
Banquet Tickets
1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA  17324

About the Appalachian Trail Museum Society

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees are honored in the Appalachian Trail Museum, which has had approximately 29,800 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010.  Located near the midway point of the 2,185-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233.

The Appalachian Trail Museum, Inc., a 501-C-3 not-for-profit organization, organizes programs, exhibits, volunteers and fundraising nationwide for the Appalachian Trail Museum.  Located in the Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Gardners, Pennsylvania, the museum is conveniently near Carlisle, Gettysburg and Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Additional information is available


Jim Foster

Appalachian Trail Museum Society


Third Thursdays in Boiling Springs and Carlisle, PA

The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) continues its “Third Thursdays” event series with an easy, 4-mile hike beginning at 6 p.m. May 15 in Carlisle, PA. Explore the pastoral farmlands of the Cumberland Valley and learn why this landscape differs from much of the rest of the Appalachian Trail (A.T.)

During the event, Michele Miller, the ATC’s Resource Program manager in the Mid-Atlantic Region, will be on hand to share information about the routing of the Trail through agricultural lands. Heidi Witmer, executive director of the Carlisle-based LEAF Project, will also share gardening ideas for use in a much smaller scale in your own back yard. Space is limited; register by calling 717.258.5771 or online at

The ATC’s Third Thursdays is a series of free, public events in the Central Pennsylvania region. The series began in April and will run through October with a different event each month.

Additional Third Thursdays events include a Boiling Springs History Hike, Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike, Music & Art in the Park, Yoga Sunset Hike and Nocturnal Friends Hike.

Third Thursdays Event Series Overview:

Boiling Springs History Hike (5 miles, moderate)

Date: June 19
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Cool Off in the Rock Maze Hike (3 miles, moderate)
Date: July 17
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Carlisle, PA

Music & Art in the Park
Date: Aug. 21
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Yoga Sunset Hike (3 miles, easy)
Date: Sept. 18
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

Nocturnal Friends Hike (2.5 miles, easy)
Date: Oct. 16
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Boiling Springs, PA

For more information about the Third Thursday events series, visit


Family Hiking Day activities in Boiling Springs, PA!

Family Hiking Day

Family Hiking Day is this Saturday, September 28th.  It’s a terrific opportunity to get outdoors with the whole family so gather everyone for a hike together or split up, try different hikes and compare notes later.

Guided Hikes:

Ice Cream Rewards

This is a wonderful section for beginning hikers, as well as those who wish to enjoy the Trail without a lot of ups and downs. This area of the Trail passes through a portion of the Cumberland Valley, which is some of the flattest terrain along the entire Trail. Ample parking is available in the municipal lot on Bucher Hill Road at the end of Children’s Lake.   Join your fellow hikers after the hike for a sweet treat at a local ice cream shop.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike Leader:  Dennis Hurley, Susquehanna A.T. Club
Starting Point:  Fisherman’s Parking Lot, Bucher Hill Road, Boiling Springs (shuttles provided to Trindle Road Trailhead)
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  4 miles (2-3 hours)

MARO Prepares for Family Hiking Day 2013!
MARO Prepares for Family Hiking Day 2013! Pictured: Kelly, Marion, Nicole

White Rocks Scramble
Meet at the Kuhn Road Trailhead in Boiling Springs for a 2.5 mile hike up the White Rocks trail.  This is a steep trail with lots of rock scrambling to keep things interesting.  Once at the top, enjoy the fabulous view of the valley below from atop huge boulders.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike leader: Christine Lauriello, Cumberland Valley A.T. Club
Starting Point:  White Rocks Trailhead Parking, Kuhn Road, Boiling Springs
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  2.5 miles (2-3 hours)

Whiskey Spring Rock Maze
This hike offers lots of fabulous rock formations that are fascinating to look at.  You’ll hike up and over, as well as around and through as you travel along the Trail.  Although there are a lot of rocks, this is a moderate hike that is lots of fun.  Wear comfortable hiking shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks.

Hike leader: Katie Barker, Susquehanna A.T. Club
Starting Point:  Whiskey Spring Trailhead Shoulder Parking, Whiskey Spring Road, Boiling Springs
Meeting Time:  8:45 a.m.
Length of Hike:  3 miles (2 hours)

Family Hiking Day Celebration:
When:  Saturday, September 28th from 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Where:  The Appalachian Trail at Children’s Lake in Boiling Springs, PA (4 East First Street, 17007)
What:  Tons of fun things to do…

  • Music by Central PA ukulele sensation, Grant Goldsworthy
  • Get to know the Superhero Plants of the Cumberland Valley
  • Conservation scavenger hunt
  • Meet Smokey Bear
  • Face painting
  • ATC tattoos
  • Family Hiking Day stickers for all participants
  • Family Hiking T-shirts for the first 20 participants to complete all of the activity stations and turn in their Family Hiking Day Wrap-Up sheet
Enjoy music, outdoor activities, face painting and a special visit from Smokey Bear.Click here to register for free.Click here to download a free copy of our Family Hiking Day Adventure Packet.For more information, stop by the ATC in Boiling Springs, call 717-258-5771 or email